We regularly read blogs and websites when we are online. In this article I will explain the difference between a blog and a website. I’ll list the benefits of each method so you can decide what your preference is when creating an online presence.
What is a blog?
A blog is a type of website or web page where people post all kinds of content. The newest articles usually appear at the top and push older posts further down. Blogs are often written by several people. They usually include a specific topic that is then discussed in more detail.
Blogs are usually written about a passion, hobby or certain interest. Sometimes this is done in diary form. Blogs therefore do not only consist of text. They can also include images, video and sound. A blog that exclusively consists of video is sometimes called a vlog (or video blog).
A blog can also be written by a larger team of people. You can also see blogs on websites of larger companies. These often provide in depth information about products or new developments in the sector.
Blogs were originally digital diaries or online journals written for small-scale audiences. Thanks to the growing popularity of these blogs, more and more developers started supporting this form of publishing. Blogger.com was one of the internet giants that made blogging accessible to a large audience. Around this time, WordPress also entered the market. Today, WordPress.org is more than just a blog platform, it’s a complete content management system including thousands of plugins. Currently over 30% of websites/blogs are made with WordPress. There are many benefits associated with the platform, so it rightly enjoys its popularity.
The difference between blogs and sites
A blog is basically a type of website. Blogs can be an important part of a website. A big difference is that websites are often static and maintain a static page for a longer period of time. Blogs often see new updates and new articles appear often. You can often respond to a blog by posting a comment. On many websites this is not possible but there is a contact form to respond. You can therefore consider a blog more as a community and there is a greater chance of interaction between writers and readers.
Blog or website — Which is better?
Maybe, as a beginner you want to know which method is best suited. To be honest, it depends on your goals. There are a lot of companies that only need a small website to be seen online and that’s enough for them. Other companies see blogging as an important potential to further expand their customer base.
Individual bloggers, on the other hand, enjoy sharing ideas with other people or writing themselves as a hobby. With a website you can go in more directions and you can integrate a blog. That is why I personally opt for both options: a website with the possibility to blog and to interact with my readers.
Writing a blog
What is the difference between a blog post and a web page?
A webpage is a page on a website that you visit. This page is usually static and is often not updated over a longer period. A blog post is a new post that mostly appears at the top of older posts. These are written and updated more often, usually with the intention of consistently writing new posts.
For example, a webpage can be a “contact page” where people can write an email to the owner (s) of the website. For such a webpage it is not necessary to be constantly updated. On the other hand, visitors can regularly visit a blog to discover new content. If nothing new appears, your readers may have no reason to come back. That is why a blog post is often dynamic presenting new content.
Why blog — What are the benefits?
Everyone can have a different motivation to write a blog. This can be for both your hobby and your company. Yet there are a lot of benefits associated with a blog. It is not without reason that large companies include a blog on their website to attract more potential customers.
Summary of possible blogging benefits:
People may gladly visit your blog again
Google and other search engines love fresh content
It is an ideal way to grow your website
You can use it to exhibit your ideas and creative expressions
If you do it the right way it will build trust with your audience
The value of your website can increase
You can interact with people who share the same interests
Companies can attract additional customers
Last but not least it’s just fun for many bloggers
Blogs and websites are different but can still serve the same purpose and perfectly complement each other. I like to combine the benefits of both worlds. How about you?